Park & Gardens The park has wonderful gardens with plants aiming to demonstrate the wonder and diversity of the plant kingdom alongside that of the animal kingdom. With the Victorian manor house at the hub, a large walled garden and a wonderful collection of mature trees form the backbone of the landscape.
Burford OX18 4JP Tel 01993 823006 www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
16 dragonfly Maze
The Dragonfly Maze is a traditional yew hedge maze with a twist. Find the 14 clues dotted around the footpaths. Once you have found them all, you should be able to discover the Golden Dragonfly hidden inside the ornate central pavilion.
Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2EE Tel 01451 822251 www.thedragonflymaze.com
dr Jenner’s House,
Museum and Garden This tranquil garden was the refuge of Edward Jenner, pioneer of vaccination. Discover some unusual plants alongside Jenner’s vines and Temple of Vaccinia. A new physic garden is currently being created featuring medicinal plants on the site of Jenner’s kitchen garden.
Berkeley GL13 9BN Tel 01453 810631 www.jennermuseum.com
18 Frampton Manor
This medieval Elizabethan timber framed manor house with romantic walled garden, unusual plants, 16th century wool barn and dovecote is open a few days each year. It is open to group bookings in May and June. Nearby Frampton Court opens at the same times.
Frampton-on-Severn GL2 7EP Tel 01452 740698 www.framptoncourtestate.co.uk
Herbs for Healing
at Barnsley House This small and relaxing garden was created by Davina Wynne- Jones daughter of the former gardening icon Rosemary Verey. Situated in a rural setting behind Barnsley House Hotel, Herbs for Healing uses plants with healing properties. The garden is small but a charming and relaxing place to visit.
Barnsley GL7 5EE Tel 01285 740638 www.herbsforhealing.net
One of the greatest gardens in England, Hidcote was created by Major Lawrence Johnston, who was passionate about plants. Hidcote is famous as the garden is divided into a series of ‘outdoor rooms’, each with its own character. The formality of the ‘rooms’ melts away as you move through the garden away from the house.
Hidcote Bartrim GL55 6LR Tel 01386 438333 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote
Quirky and eclectic, the gardens at Highgrove have been heavily influenced by its current owner – HRH The Prince of Wales. Over 35 years in the making, the organic gardens at Highgrove are some of the most creatively inspiring and innovative gardens to visit in the UK. Booking in advance only.
doughton, Tetbury GL8 8PH Tel 0333 222 4555 www.highgrovegardens.com
Home to the founder of the Arts and Crafts movement, William Morris, the gardens at Kelmscott Manor have been recreated using many of the plants he loved and used in his designs. Visit the garden with its barns, dovecote, stream, meadow and formal garden which was a constant source of inspiration for Morris.
Kelmscott GL7 3HJ Tel 01367 252486 www.kelmscottmanor.org.uk
Gardens Magnificently situated and with stunning views, Kiftsgate contains many unusual plants and shrubs including the largest rose in England, the stunning Kiftsgate rose. Three generations of women gardeners have produced a series of romantic gardens with a surprise at every turn.
Chipping Campden GL55 6LN Tel 01367 438777 www.kiftsgate.co.uk
Matara is a spiritual and meditative garden dedicated to the full expression of the human spirit. All set within a 28-acre parkland. Plants on sale NGS days only.
Nr. Tetbury GL8 8Ya Tel 01453 861050 www.matara.co.uk
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